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Rockies lose to Nationals 6-1

Eddie Butler struggled and Stephen Strasburg was dominant in tonight's loss.

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The Rockies lost to the Nationals 6-1.

Generously, Eddie Butler had an okay game in the run prevention department. He allowed four runs on eight hits. But in the strikeout and walk department—important drums I keep beating—it was another disappointment, as Butler walked four batters and struck out just two in six innings. In a way, I feel worse about this game than his previous outing, which was a seven run in four inning shellacking. That could be considered anomalously bad. Tonight's start was simply very far from good.

In any event, Butler was no match for Stephen Strasburg, who pitched a gem of a game. He allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of work in his first game back from the disabled list. He struck out 12 batters and didn't walk any.

The Nationals jumped on Butler in the second inning, when Wilson Ramos hit a two-run double. They added a run in the third and fifth from a Bryce Harper single and a Ryan Zimmerman double. Christian Friedrich allowed two more runs in the seventh inning to make the score 6-1. The Rockies lone run was the result of a Nolan Arenado home run in the fourth inning. It was his 27th of the season.

The Rockies have another tough test tomorrow, as Max Scherzer takes the hill for the Nationals.

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